Prayer wheels at Cholung Ritro, near Gyantse

Prayer wheels at Cholung Ritro, near Gyantse

BMH.A.14.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 15th 1927


Gyantse Region > Cholung Ritro

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113 mm

A young monk can be seen touching the prayer wheels in a small building which was part of the hermitage complex at Cholung, a ritro to the north east of Gyantse which Hopkinson visited in January 1927. Frescoes can be seen in the background

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

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Other Information

In Negative - 'A4' has been written on the right edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated down the left hand side. 18 holes should have been perforated in total (as evidenced from the pattern of the perforations in comparison with others in this series) but some of these have been omitted, possibly because the negative was not aligned to be completely straight (see also BMH.A.12.1) [MS 05/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "[?] to a prayer [wheel] in a small out house near Ri-ton". The number 7 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 24/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ditto [Cholung Monastery nr. Gyantse] Turning Prayer Wheel' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '14 - turning prayer wheels in a monastery, probably the same one as in 13. Note the frescoes' [MS 21/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, Diary January 16th dated Gyantse 21 Jan 1927, pages A-C [MS 24/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Prayer wheels at Cholung Ritro, near Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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